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Why I Teach Ag: Traylor Lenz    
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | Author: Texas FFA News

What ag education classes do you teach?

I teach Livestock Production, Veterinary Medical Applications, Equine Science, Landscape Design, Small Animal Management, Wildlife Recreation and Management, and Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

Why do you teach ag?
I teach ag to try and motivate the next generation to become involved in agriculture to help feed the world. I enjoy seeing young people reach a goal or understand a new concept. Contest are also another motivation for me. 

What is your favorite classroom memory?

My favorite classroom memory is when my landscaping class designed a project around a memorial bench at our ag barn. 

What is your favorite FFA memory?
I have a lot of favorites; it is very hard to pick one. It’s between getting to take members to the National FFA Livestock Judging contest or having a Livestock Judging team that placed third at the American Royal. Also, the friendships among teachers within these contests has been fun.

What advice would you give yourself as a first-year teacher?
Be patient. You can’t do it all in the first year. They say it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert. That's about four or five years to reach that level. Also, do not be afraid to ask for help!!

Why do you believe that ag education is so important?
Ag Education is very important because we are preparing students for a great future. Finding new ways to feed 10 billion people is going to be a huge task, so giving today's students the background to get there is very important.

Do you have advice on balancing work/home life?
This is a difficult question. I have been very blessed to have a very understanding wife and family. They know how much I enjoy teaching agricultural science and being an FFA advisor. It is all about surrounding yourself with people who understand your passions in life. It is give-and-take on both sides.

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